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Dental Implants: The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth

Dental Implant Cross SectionOnce teeth are missing from the jawbone—whether one or many; whether from accident or disease—something very important is missing as well. That’s tooth stability.

Any denture wearer will tell you there’s nothing more upsetting than a slipping lower denture and the anxious uncertainty it brings. That’s because once one or more teeth are removed, the jawbone that previously anchored the roots begins to dissolve. Dental researchers worked for years to find ways to keep bone from shrinking. Now we’re proud to offer a solution that prevents bone loss while permitting durable, fixed, permanent restorations.

They’re dental implants. And they’re the next best tooth replacement option to the real thing because they’re rooted in the bone just like your original teeth. The procedure involves setting one or more implant anchors into the jawbone. These roots, made of titanium, are strong, non-toxic, and biologically compatible with the mouth.

The key to a successful implant is something we call osseointegration: the bone actually grows into the implant itself. Once this bond stabilizes we cap the root with a natural-appearing replacement tooth. Or multiple replacement teeth. Or use it as an anchor to support a crown or bridge—even a denture! Implants aren’t right for everyone. You need sufficient bone in your jaw to support them and a willingness to take good care of yourself during treatment.

But the benefits of implants, from restored chewing and speaking efficiency to improved nutrition, are undeniable.

What Can Implants Do?

  • Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
  • Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a partial denture.
  • Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

About Alan Limbird, DDS

Dr. Alan Limbird graduated from the University of California, San Francisco in 1983, in the top 10% of his class. He immediately entered into a residency at Loma Linda University in General Dental Practice. After completing his residency in 1984, he joined a dental practice in Ukiah which he owned and operated for 30 years. At Limbird Dentistry, Dr. Limbird offered his patients the highest quality treatment using state of the art dental technology to create beautiful smiles. Dr. Limbird sold his Ukiah practice in November 2014 and continues to work part-time with the new owners. In April 2017, Dr. Limbird joined Dr. James Hooper’s thriving dental practice in Fort Bragg. Dr. Limbird is excited to be offering dental services to his new patients on the coast. With the new Solea Dental Laser, he can offer an even higher level of care and technology than ever before. Dr. Limbird strives to stay on the cutting edge of dental technology. While working part-time for two years, he filled his free time by attending many dental education courses to fine tune his skills and learn new ones. Recent courses include: Oral Surgery, extractions, bone grafting, implant placement, implant restoration and extensive training with Dental Lasers. These skills will be put to good use in his Fort Bragg office since there are no dental specialists in the area. Dr. Limbird has been using Dental Lasers for over 20 years. Lasers have helped him to provide a higher level of service and excellence to his patients than was previously possible. His most recent technology purchase is the new Solea Carbon Dioxide Dental Laser. With this new laser, Dr. Limbird can prepare and place nearly all of your fillings comfortably and efficiently with NO SHOTS and NO PAIN! No longer do our patients need to fear going to the dentist. Dr. Limbird also has extensive training in Cosmetic Dentistry. He works with only the best dental laboratories and uses the highest quality materials to give you the best smile possible! Dr. Limbird and his wife, Laura, have always loved spending time on the Mendocino Coast. They now live in Mendocino full time and are pleased to be a part of the coastal community.

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